Kikuyu

 

Kikuyu retains its lush colour during the winter months.

Its recovery, soft texture, low maintenance and ability to keep out weeds has made it our most popular variety of lawn for commercial uses.

 


Why Kikuyu?

Appearance

  • Soft to the touch
  • Medium leaf
  • Emerald green colour
  • Maintains a lush colour through the winter months when cared for correctly

 

Growth Rate

As a quick growing lawn and one of the hardiest, it has the ability to recover quickly from wear and tear. We recommend using Kikuyu in hight traffic areas. Areas with children, dogs, etc.

 

Uses

Kikuyu is the best lawn for high traffic areas and is the first choice for Western Australian Education Department and Kings Park.

It is the lawn we recommended for children and pets due to its vigorous growth rate which enables it to repair from wear and tear better then most varieties of turf.


Drought Tolerance

Under WA conditions, Kikuyu is the second only to the couch varieties for drought tolerance.




Maintenance

Mowing

Weekly mowing is essential as with any looked after lawn. If your lawn is in a shady area it should be allowed to grow for longer to be able to absorb more sunlight.

Never remove more the one third of the leaf blade per mow as this will remove a significant amount of green food producing body.

 

Thatch

All lawns produce thatch as this is a
natural by-product of healthy growth. Thatch will prevent water and nutrients from getting to the roots where they are needed. This can be removed through Vertimowing and should be done at least once a year.

 

Fertilising

For optimum health of your lawn it is recommended to fertilise at a maintenance rate of 10kg per 100m2 every 6-8 weeks.

For establishing or repairing, the application should be 10kg per 50m2 of Eco-Prime NPK Red.

Remember, always water thoroughly to activate the fertiliser and prevent any possible leaf burn.

 


Establishment

Soil

When establishing a new lawn, people often overlook the importance of a good quality soil. The right soil will give your lawn the best possible start and help to prevent nutrient deficiencies and water problems. A great soil additive product we recommend using is Bentonite Clay. Bentonite is a natural clay product with no added chemicals, it provides long term benefits for water and fertiliser efficiency which saves you money and time. To have the best outcome Bentonite needs to be incorporated into your soil with organic matter like Humus.

 

Time

Kikuyu lawn has the shortest establishment time. Where other lawns could take up to two years to fully establish, Kikuyu can take only three months. This means that for areas where traffic cannot be avoided you will have shorter waiting period before being able to use the lawn.

 

Traffic

if you are purchasing Kikuyu for a high traffic area it is recommended that you reduce the traffic for the first 4 weeks. In the warmer moths Kikuyu should establish quickly, however it is still important to monitor wear and tear during this early period.

 

Care

Lawns should not be mowed until the rolls have produced adequate roots. This should happen between two and four weeks. and can be confirmed by checking that the rolls have secured themselves to the soil.



Watering and Establishing your New Lawn

Summer Watering Schedule

Use 10mls of water per session, increasing to 25mls from week 4.


Week 1 :

Three times a day
9am - 12 noon - 3 pm

Week 2 :

Twice a day
10 am - 2 pm

Week 3 :

Once a day at 12 Noon

Week 4 - 8 :

Once every 2nd day in the morning.

Week 8 onwards :

Twice a week in the morning

Winter

Need to use common sense but we recommend following schedule from week 3

Water Authority exemptions are available when establishing new lawns.
Call 13 13 85 for details